Report: Broncos' Von Miller To Be Suspended 'At Least' 6 Games


UPDATE: The NFL Players' Association announced a six-game suspension Tuesday afternoon.

Star Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller will be suspended for "at least six games," reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

That would mean he would be sidelined for the Ravens' Week 1 matchup in Denver.

A six-game suspension would suggest multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Miller, who led the Broncos with 18.5 sacks last season, had been saying he expected to win an appeal of his suspension which first came to light on July 22.

The league has not formally announced the suspension, but Mortensen says it could come as early as today. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Miller and the NFL are "still in discussions," with Miller hopeful of only a four-game hit, which would mean he would still miss the Ravens season opener.

The Broncos have a few other injury concerns to key starters that could affect the Week 1 matchup.

Top cornerback Champ Bailey reportedly suffered a sprained left foot in Saturday's preseason game in Seattle. He wore a walking boot and needed crutches as he left CenturyLink Field.

Wide receiver Wes Welker was treated for a sprained ankle.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe had a scare when his head was driven backwards and an ambulance took him off the field on a stretcher. But tests on his neck and spine came up negative and he joined the Broncos for their long flight home to Denver.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Wolfe said, "Thanks for the prayers everyone, ill be okay and will be back on the field soon.''

ESPN is reporting that Wolfe and Welker are expected to be ready for the opener. Bailey seems to be more of a question mark.

The Broncos already had lost center Dan Koppen for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) early in camp. Then they saw starting right guard Louis Vasquez leave with a left knee injury. Vasquez could reportedly return to practice this week.

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